CAKE Chicago Alternative Comics Expo & CAKE Satellite Events Thurs-Sun, 6/4-6/7

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If you haven’t been living under a rock then you know CAKE is this weekend. Quimby’s is proud to co-sponsor. The tabling exhibition is at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Ave) 6/6 & 6/7, but did you know there are other CAKE-related events going on around town? Here was a most recent missive from the folks at CAKE HQ that we thought it helpful to repost here!

The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo is this Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7! We can’t wait! Before the weekend get’s started, we wanted to share some more information about the exciting weekend ahead.


For information about signings for Special Guests, Publishers, and CAKE poster artist Ivan Brunetti, visit


Satellite Events

Thursday, June 4:

Visiting Artist Lecture: Dash Shaw at the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts, 14 E Jackson Blvd #LL105 at 6pm

How to Draw Comics The Ladydrawers’ Way featuring Femicomix Finland at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N Clark St at 6pm

Comic Reading at the Archer Ballroom 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 7PM featuring readings by Lale Westvind, Blaise Larmee, Anna Haifisch, Andy Burkholder, Sarah Ferrick, Lane Milburn, Gina Wynbrandt, Krystal DiFronzo, Paul Nudd, and David Alvarado. Hosted by Nick Jackson.


Friday, June 5:

Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez Signing at Graham Crackers Comics, 77 E Madison St from 6-8pm

CAKE Presents: Eleanor Davis, John Porcellino & Keiler Roberts panel moderated by Hillary Chute at Quimby’s Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave at 7pm

Andy Burkholder’s Qviet Book Release/Exhibition at Learning Machine Gallery, 3145 Morgan at 7pm

CAKE Weekend Kickoff Concert, featuring CAKE exhibitors sound projects, 3012 S. Archer Ave 3rd floor at 8PM

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Saturday, June 6:

CAKE is hosting two Saturday after parties in the same building!

Enter through the 4th floor entrance for both parties, a $5 donation supports the bands & the Observatory, an independently run music space.

8pm – late The Observatory, 3036 N. Lincoln, 4th floor. CAKE will be hosting a night of musical performances after the first day of exhibition. Bring some cash, there will be a bar. Performers include: Ambergris featuring Matt Thurber, Traducer featuring Lane Milburn, Pet Theories featuring Brian Cremins, and Naff Whiff featuring Eddy Rivera.

8pm – midnight: 3036 N Lincoln, 3rd floor. For exhibitors looking for a quiet place to meet up, join us on the 3rd floor (below The Observatory) for a Drink & Draw sponsored by Print Ninja. Snacks will be provided by CAKE; BYOB, or purchase drinks at The Observatory and bring them downstairs to the drink & draw. To get to the Drink & Draw space, go to the 4th floor after party and go down the back stairwell to the 3rd floor (the same stairwell that allows rooftop access).

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CAKE Minicomic Incentive Punchcard

We are so excited to have our punchcard incentive back this year- As if buying mini comics wasn’t reward enough!

When you buy a mini-comic you support a fantastic self-publishing artist! We will be handing out incentive punchcards to all of our exhibitors at the beginning of the day Saturday.

Spend $8- $15- Get a free CAKE 2015 poster!

Spend $15- $25- Get a free CAKE 2015 poster, and an assortment of 5 1-inch CAKE buttons, provided by CAKE sponsor Busy Beaver Buttons!

Spend over $25- Get an assortment of 5 1-inch CAKE buttons, and a CAKE 2015 screenprinted poster printed by Steve Walters of Screwball Press!

Thank you Mike Freiheit for the wonderful punchcard design!

The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave.For more info:

New Stuff This Week

Signal: 04: A Journal of International Political Graphics & Culture
by Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee (PM Press) $14.95 – The 4th volume of the ongoing book series dedicated to documenting and sharing compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles. Readers will be inspired by not only fine and graphic arts but also political posters, comics, zines, murals, street art, art collectives, documentation of performances, and articles on the often-overlooked but essential roles all of these have played in struggles around the world. Highlights of the fourth volume of Signal include Lincoln Cushing’s discussion of the Bay Area Peace Navy’s large-scale visual interventions; Tennessee Watson’s project made in response to the violence in Juárez; New Zealand’s Kotare Trust Poster Archive; the early years of West Germany’s militant counterculture; an interview with Max Karl Winkler, book cover designer for Three Continents Press; and the history of Toronto’s Punchclock Print Collective.


Pieces #12 On Travel by Nichole Baiel $4.00
Such a Happy Mess #2 by Elliott Junkyard $2.00

Put a Egg On It #10 Sum 15 $10.00

Zines by Sarah McNeil $2-$3: Make an 8 Page Zine, Sleep, Using Gocco, Pasta Maker Printing Press, Summer Goals List

Comics & Minis

Frontier #7 Jillian Tamaki $8.00

Sandman Overture #5 of 6 by Neiil Gaiman $3.99

Deep Space House Plant by Ashley Ronning $10.00

It’s Always Tea Time with Vampire Kitty and Space Bat $4.00

Heavy Soda by Harley Jones (Caldera Press) $12.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Dodd Skalle Investigations vol 1 The Simian Case by John Ingle $16.00

Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu $19.99

Louise Brooks Detective by Rick Geary $15.99

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson $17.99

Infinite Bowman by Pat Auslisio (Hic and Hoc) $15.00

Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War by Ari Y. Kelman & Jonathan Fetter-Vorm $26.00

Lady Justice vol 1 TPB Complete Comics by Neil Gaiman & friends $14.99

Art & Design

Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book by Jacinta Bunnell & Leela Cornman (PM Press) $12.95


Sisters Of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, ed. by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (PM Press) $15.95 – Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. Work by writers such as Carol Emshwiller, Ursula K. Le Guin, Angela Carter, Octavia Butler, Eileen Gunn, James Tiptree Jr. & more.

The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon $26.00 – The story of a screenwriter stuck in a rut until a series of events propel him to write a screenplay, Zombie Wars, about a zombie apocalypse.

New World by Eli Horowitz & Chris Adrian $24.00 – A story of love, decapitation, cryogenics, and memory.

American Innovations: Stories by Rivka Galchen $15.00 – In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka Galchen’s American Innovations, a young woman’s furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.

My Struggle Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard $16.00 – The American public has spoken, and what they want is six volumes of a diary written by a Norwegian man born in 1968. This is the first volume.


Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman $26.95 – The star of Parks and Rec highlights twenty-one figures from our nation’s history.

Mayhem, Outer Limits & Essays

Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists Paperback by John L. Potash (PM Press) $24.95

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti (Treasury of XXth Century Murder) by Rick Geary (NBM) $9.99

Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators by Tea Krulos (Chicago Review Press) $16.95

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters $15.00 – Now in soft cover.

Yeah Science, Bitch!

Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home by Chris Woodford $27.00

Politics & Revolution

No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms ed. by Barry Maxwell & Raymond Craib (PM Press/Institute for Comparative Modernities) $27.95 – Looks at geographical and political peripheries on anarchism. Includes contributions by Gavin Arnall, Mohammed Bamyeh, Bruno Bosteels, Raymond Craib, Silvia Rivera & more.

Playing as if the World Mattered: An Illustrated History of Activism in Sports by Gabriel Kuhn (PM Press) $14.95

Kids Books

Beautiful Birds by E Walker and J Roussen (Flying Eye) $19.95


Make vol 45 $9.99

Freshly Inked Jul 15 $6.99

Grand Circus #1 Spr Sum Launch Issue $14.99

Frank 151 #59 $10.00

Cinema Retro vol 11 #32 $11.99

Horror Hound #53 May Jun 15 $6.99

Relix Jun 15 $6.99

Mojo #257 Jun 15 $10.50

Raw Vision #85 $14.00

Tattoo Black and Grey Special #13 $9.99

Psychic News May 15 $10.99

Other Stuff

“Eleanor and Claude” Print by Emily Winfield Martin $18.00

Out on June 2nd!

Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver $24.00

Judge This by Chip Kidd $16.99 – From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz $26.00 – Nick Hornby meets Almost Famous in this side-splittingly funny coming-of-middle-age debut novel about the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band who tries for one more swing at the fences.


CAKE Announces Programming Lineup

632f19d5-df40-4ba1-8731-07d0edd3f490The Fourth Annual Chicago Alternative Comics Expo will take place on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted Ave. The programming that will accompany the tabling has been announced. All panels take place at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre on the third floor of the Center on Halsted. All workshops take place in the board room on the second floor of the Center on Halsted.

For detailed information about our programming, please visit and



11:30am – 12:30pm The Golden Age(s) of Comics- Jillian Tamaki, Dash Shaw, and Sam Sharpe, moderated by Gene Kannenberg, Jr. This panel and Jillian Tamaki’s appearance are sponsored by Print Ninja. Dash Shaw appears courtesy of the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts.
1:00 – 2:00pm What I Do Is Secret- Zak Sally and Mickey Zacchilli, moderated by Jake Austen. This panel is sponsored by The Center for Cartoon Studies.

3:00 – 4:00pm Comic Books and Speculative Fiction- Eleanor Davis, Lale Westvind, and Tom Kaczynski moderated by Ytasha Womack. Lale Westvind appears courtesy of Busy Beaver Button Company.


11:30am – 12:00pm Where Do You (Yes,You) Get Your Ideas From?- with ChiPRC/Transit Residency Artist Roman Muradov

12:30 – 1:30pm From Panels to Pixels: Making Comics Look Great on Digital Devices- with Beck Kramer

2:00 – 3:00pm Jaime Hernandez Inks Live! in conversation with Tom Spurgeon

3:15 – 4:00pm ChiPRC presents:The Doodle Dash- drawing competion with judges Johnny Misfit, Zak Sally and  Corinne Mucha.



11:30am – 12:30pm A Conversation with the Hernandez Brothers- with Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, moderated by Caitlin McGurk. This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution. The Hernandez Brothers appear courtesy of Graham Crackers Comics and Fantagraphics Books.

1:00 – 2:00pm The Honest Truth- Derf Backderf, Sarah Becan, and Keiler Roberts, moderated by Amy Peltz. Keiler Roberts appears courtesy of First Aid Comics.

2:30 – 4:00pm Eyeworks- curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart, Q&A after the screening with Dash Shaw, Lale Westvind, Scott Roberts, and Jenna Caravello. This panel is sponsored by the DePaul School of Cinematic Arts.


11:30am – 12:30pm Printmaking for All Ages- with Anya Davidson This workshop is sponsored by Spudnik Press.

1:00 – 2:00pm Infinite Corpse Jam Comics- with Jeremy Tinder and Aaron Renier. This workshop is sponsored by Rotofugi.

2:30 – 3:45pm The Regionalism Experiment with Ben Passmore, Leigh Luna, Isabella Rotman, Anuj Shrestha, and Mickey Zacchilli, moderated by Brian Cremins and Amara Leipzig.

New Stuff This Week


Optic Nerve #14 by Adrian Tomine (D&Q) $6.95 – Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. “Intruders” depicts a man obsessively trying to find his way back to a former life by revisiting places he once knew.

The Bloodiest Thing That Ever Happened In Front Of A Camera: Conservative Politics, ‘Porno Chic’ and Snuff by Stephen Milligen (HeadPress) $21.95 – In the early 1970s, outrageous claims were made of a new blood-spattered cinematic extreme. This was the legend of the ‘snuff movie’, which promoted the inhuman notion that a woman had been murdered to satisfy the sexual appetite of a jaded public. The story was produced by a kind of madness incarnate, but it reflected the desperation of America in cultural turmoil. ‘Snuff’ was a backlash against the naïve liberalism of the counterculture, embraced by people who preferred to believe the worst about their society. Once unleashed the concept was embraced and manipulated by the tabloid media and a variety of political and social crusaders, each using it to further their own cause. Brutal, evil, ghastly beyond belief, snuff became an iconic urban legend. This book is the true, startling and hideously exploitative history of that legend and how it was created.


Black Metal of the Americas vol 8 by Ed and Patrick $5.00

Your Table is Ready: Tips for Having a Supercool Tabling Experience by Nyxia Grey $1.00

Booya Moon Purple Myrtle #9 Split $5.00 – Partially a Stephen King Fanzine.

Vulture Voyeurism Screenshots from the Mitt Romney Campaign Website $10.00 – Taken on election night november 7th, 2012.

Frightened by the Eye of Horus by Tricycle Red Projects $3.00

Surgical Ampitheater #2 by M Chandelier $5.00

Ima Eat You Apr 15 by Dawn Graham $2.00

Mechanical Yammering #1 Practical Guide for Digital Life by Nicky Martin $2.00

Godzilla Grrl vol 1 by Monstrochika $6.00

Comics & Minis

Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Riley $7.95

Golemchik by William Exley (Nobrow) $5.95

One Dot by Tony Kinnard $6.00

Hunter by Joe Sparrow (Nobrow) $5.95

Vacancy by Jen Lee $5.95 (Nobrow) $5.95

Whimsical Delusions by Garrett Leo Augustyn $8.00

Eat to Survive Flyers N Stuff 2013-2015 by Jeff Mahannah $4.00

Old Timey Hockey Tales vol 1 by Robert Ullman & Jeffrey Brown $6.00

Jelly Jar #1 by Sandra Mazuera $3.00

Revenger #1 Cages by Charles Forsman (Oily Comics) $5.00

Snake Church #1 by Eric Reyes $5.00

Not On My Watch: A Bystander’s Handbook for the Prevention of Sexual Violence by Isabella Rotman $5.00

Adventure by Mike Freiheit $4.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Spectators by Victor Hussenot (Nobrow) $22.95

Don’t Get Eaten By Anything a Collection Of the Dailies 2011-2013 by Dakota McFadzean (Conundrum) $25.00

Mr. Smiley by Tony Kinnard $15.00

Apocalyptigirl an Aria For the End Times by Andrew MacLean $9.99

East of West vol 1 by Jonathan Hickman $9.99

Fables Deluxe Edition Book 10 by Bill Willingham (Vertigo) $29.99

Ex Machina Book 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Tony Harris (Vertigo) $19.99

Art & Design

Slang Aesthetics by Robt. Williams (Baby Tattoo) $40.00
Rock On by Alex Diamond $25.00

Dare to Be Stupid the Poster Art of Ryan Duggan Drug Factory Press 2006-2014 (HoZac Books) $28.85

Atom Bomb Bikini: The Lurid Art of Robert Ullman $16.00

Jason D’Aquino’s Circus ABC by Jason D’Aquino $12.95

Custom Tattoo 101 Over 1000 Stencils and Tattoos For Customizing Your Own Unique Tattoo by Tattoofinder (Race point) $25.00


Make Something Up Stories You Cant Unread by Chuck Palahniuk $26.95

Exigencies by Richard Thomas and Chuck Wendig (Dark House) $15.95

The Essential Ginsberg, ed. by Michael Schumacher $17.99

Loving Day by Mat Johnson $26.00

Mayhem & Outer Limits

The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and Its Analysis by the Moors Murderer, intro by Colin Wilson and afterward by Peter Sotos (Feral House) $23.95 – Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s spree of torture, sexual abuse, and murder of children in the 1960s was one of the most appalling series of crimes ever committed in England, and remains almost daily fixated upon by the tabloid press. In The Gates of Janus, Ian Brady himself allows us a glimpse into the mind of a murderer as he analyzes a dozen other serial crimes and killers.

Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies by Mike Bara (Adventures Unlimited) $19.95 – Did ancient “visitors”?of extraterrestrial origin?come to Earth long ago and lift the human race out of the ashes of a great global catastrophe around 10,500 BC? Were the science and secrets that they taught the ancients intended to be a guide for all humanity to the present era of change and upheaval we are experiencing? Was this crucial information about our future and our true past usurped by secretive, small cabals, some with bad intent and some with altruistic designs, who have held these secrets over the millennia to the present day?

Music Books

What Else Is In the Teaches Of Peaches by Peaches and Holger Talinski (Akashic) $27.95
Wailing of A Town: An Oral History of Early San Pedro Punk and More 1977-1985 by Criag Ibarra $20.00

Rise of the Super Furry Animals by Ric Rawlins $16.99

Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) by Jon Fine $27.95 – By the guitarist from Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light and Don Caballero.


Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb $14.99 – Filled with the music and popular culture of the late-eighties and early-nineties, this refreshingly honest and hilarious coming-of-age memoir from comedian, storyteller, and The Moth host David Crabb tells a universally resonant story about growing up gay and Goth in San Antonio, Texas.

Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor Of a Large City In Iceland and Changed the World by Jon Gnarr $16.95

I Can’t Find It vol 1 $12.00


The Horror of It All: One Moviegoer’s Love Affair with Masked Maniacs, Frightened Virgins, and the Living Dead by Adam Rockoff $24.00

Cocaine Fiends and Reefer Madness: An Illustrated History of Drugs in the Movies 1894-1978 by Michael Starks $19.95
Dawn of the Dead by George A. Romero & Susanna Sparrow $16.00 – The novel of the classic horror film, with an introduction by Simon Pegg.


Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar by Robert Sharp and Nicole Weston $19.95

Will Travel For Vegan Food by Kristin M. Lajeunesse $19.95

Sweet Mary Jane: 75 Delicious Cannabis-Infused High-End Desserts by Karin Lazarus $25.00


Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living by Rebecca Louie $16.00


Bust Jun Jul 15 vol 93 $5.99

True Crime May 15 $8.99

Sumzine #3 Raw $20.00

Puss Puss #2 $24.95

Tape Op #107 May Jun 15 $4.95

Razorcake #86 $4.00

Wire May 15 #375 $9.99

Harpers Magazine Jun 15 $6.99

Lit Journals & Chap Books

Opaque vol 1 #1 $5.00

Sheriff Nottinghams Holiday Herald vol 1 #2 $10.00

Kids Books

Girl At the Bottom of the Sea by Michelle Tea and Amanda Verwey (McSweeneys) $19.95

Long Tail Kitty Come Out and Play by Lark Pien (Blue Apple) $17.99

Hungry Roscoe by David J Plant (Flying Eye) $17.95

New Stuff These Past Few Days

#QuimbysBookstore featured in the book Cut Out + Keep by Cat Morley & Tom Waddington!

A photo posted by Quimbys Bookstore (@quimbysbookstore) on

Cut Out and Keep: Around the USA In Fifty Craft Projects by Cat Morely & Tom Waddington (Laurence King) $24.95 – Hey! We’re mentioned in this book!


Plantzine: A Collaborative Zine $4.00

About My Disappearance #4 by Dave $1.00


Comics & Minis

Ten Minicomics vol 3 by Alex Nall $5.00

DIY & How-To

3D Bubble Writer: A Crazy Craft Book by Linda Scott $16.95

Food & Drugs

The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods – Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and more by Cassandra Reeder (Race Point) $21.99

Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana by Dan Michaels & Erik Christiansen $30.00


LAPD ’53 by James Ellroy & Glynn Martin for the Los Angeles Police Museum $24.95 – More than 80 duotone photos from the LAPD archives of 1953 in crazy ass true crime photos, plus text to illuminate.


Lucky Peach #15 Plant Kingdom $12.00

Maximumrocknroll #385 Jun 15 $4.99

MAPS vol 25 #1 Special Edition Bulletin Psychedelics and Policy Spr 15 $8.95

Flaunt #141 The Elixir Issue $15.95

Sneaker Freaker #32 $12.95

Scootering #347 May 15 $10.50

Fuel #19 $14.95

Wherever #5 An Out of Place Journal $15.00

Monocle vol 9 #83 May 15 $12.00

Film Comment May Jun 15 vol 51 #3 $5.95

Millennium Film Journal #61 MFJ $12.00

Screem #30 $8.95

DOA #6 Ultimate Death Metal Magazine $6.66

Vive Le Rock #26 $9.99

Radical Philosophy #191 May Jun 15 $13.00

Opiate vol 1 Spr 15 $10.00

TSQ vol 2 #1 Feb 15 Transgender Studies Quarterly $12.00

Lit Mags

Granta #131 Spr 15 The Map is Not the Territory $16.99

 For even more stuff from the past week and a half, click here.